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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I know only you can understand my anxiety when it comes to travelling.  I'm going to Cyprus next week on a business trip with my boss, we are seeing a huge client and make a presentation in front of all their management.  I want to go because first of all I love Cyprus, I have a great relationship with my boss, and second, it is very important for my career.
I began having bad thoughts like, what if in the middle of the presentation, I have to go to the bathroom????  And what about dinners?  I know my safe foods when I'm travelling, but I'm not willing to explain to anybody there my condition.  I have also these terrible thoughts that I will be feeling awful and they will have to carry me to the hospital, and I will ruin everything.
I know I could refuse, and my boss would understand, but I also know he wants me to be there with him, plus it would be very good professionally.
What are your thoughts?

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   Posted 12/4/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christina Maybe a short bit of pred. would get you threw this . Best of luck and enjoy your trip. lol gail
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   Posted 12/4/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
OK say the worse happens...what is that for you, and seriously would it really stop you? People understand that stuff happens... Would you be ok with telling people that you feel a bit air sick or perhaps you can say I have ulcers or something, instead of crohn's?
Or is not willing to admit any weakness is the problem?
Personally I say go and have fun.
Take immodium and pepto, and your perscription meds
But go Have FUN!!!!!

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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Does your boss know? I would have an emergency plan with him/her. So say you are doing your presentation and feel sick. You can say Mr./Mrs. X would you like to elaborate on this? And then duck out and use the bathroom. Him or her should plan to be able to talk a bit about whatever you are talking about. Then you return and pick up where you left off. Do you have any xanax? I find it immensly helpful in a low dose in situations like this. I said low dose not for abuse purposes but rather so that you can still function fully if you are not used to the drug. If you don't have seperate rooms (but you probably will) remember that the hotel has a lobby with a huge bathroom you can stink up. There are also bathrooms near the hotel gym, pool, resturant, ball room, etc.

Also - I used to train people at my old job. I realized that when I needed a break others often did. Sometimes I would make other excuses. But I had found a bathroom a little further away from the room. If I had to go I would wind up my sentence/paragraph and say - "why don't we take a quick 5 minute break." And everyone would happily run to the bathroom, water fountain, cig. break, while I ran to the other bathroom. I have also been known to fake a coughing fit or sneezing fit to duck out for "tissues or water" and actually use the bathroom but that can back fire if someone has a spare water in the room. So just have some back up plans. Like others said you can always start off with "unfortunatly I ate something bad at the airport so we will be taking extra breaks today." I like the bad food excuse because it is technically true (just bad for you not others lol) and it is not contagious like saying you are just not feeling well or have a flu. Plus everyone has had a touch of food poisoning or something not agreeing with them and they usually understand.

But if that is not an option just don't have scheduled breaks in your presentation. You are up front and in charge so take them whenever you want. Have your boss be prepared to fill in if need be. If you are not presenting but in the audience sit near the door and just slip in and out when you need to without an explanation.

Good luck!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I like Fitzy take a low dose of Xanax for those times. Keeps me calm and cool. Good luck!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much everyone, my boss is a man so we will have separate rooms in the hotel, we will be staying in a luxury hotel, so I'm sure there will be plenty of bathrooms.  My boss knows about my condition, but of course like many others, he doesn't really realise how a "healthy smiling looking" woman like me could really have bathroom issues, and to tell you the truth I don't want to discuss all the details with him!

The good part is that he may be my boss, but we have a great time together, eating, talking, and maybe it will be a good time to ask for a raise in my salary!!!

Anyway, I hope everything will be OK, to be honest I thought maybe I could do a short round of pred, but I'm on Entocort now, and I don't know how to switch from one to the other (never done that).

Fitzy thanks so much for the options, I particularly liked the sneezing/coughing part!!!!!

I'm leaving next Wednesday, so I'll let you know how it went.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   

what i find is a big help is to wake up at least 1 1/2 hours before i need to leave. one of my worst times is the early am, right after breakfast.

good luck

gemini kiwi
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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh now Fitzy faking a coughing and sneezing fit should only apply to those who have nothing less than EXCELLENT sphincter muscle control. LOL
Good luck if it were me, I'd take a Codeine to settle everything down and bung me up a little, I'd also be extremely mindful of what I'm consuming days before I left also, so's not to trigger any more problems.
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